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Harry Sanders: Response to editorial

 

Ask Rufus: Turkey hunting and the settlement of Columbus 

Posted 3/5/2011 in Local Columns

Turkey season will soon open, and hunters wearing the latest camo while carrying their favorite turkey calls will venture into the woods. The tradition of turkey hunting in the Tombigbee Valley goes back to the early Native Americans who were here even before the Historic Period Choctaws and Chickasaws.

 

Our view: A building with a shaky foundation

Posted 3/4/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The fate of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau office in the almost-finished new building behind the Tennessee Williams Home is apparently in limbo, with the county balking at the price tag.

 

 

Our view: A West Point boy that could

Posted 3/3/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Gray Swoope's successes in Mississippi have been noticed nationwide, and that's bad news for us, but great news for him.

 

 

Our view: City, county right to stay out of strike

Posted 3/2/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Unions are having it tough all over. We've seen the battles in Wisconsin and other states over public employee unions and collective bargaining rights, which allow workers to sit at the table and negotiate wages and benefits.

 

Scott Colom: A time for respect and empathy

Posted 3/2/2011 in Local Columns

When Betty Gore first told me I needed to write a column about March being developmental disability month, I was skeptical. But then there were allegations of disruptive conduct at Columbus High last week that highlighted to me the importance of developmental disability awareness month.

 

Bob Raymond: Second City a big hit

Anyone who did not attend the show Tuesday night at the Trotter missed a really fun event.

 

 

Cameron Triplett: The function of government

The "Concentrate on essentials" column, from Sunday's Washington Post, appeared in Monday's Dispatch, and I take issue with part of it.

 

 

Our view: The sweet sights -- and sounds -- of spring

Posted 3/1/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

In these parts, the sounds of spring include more than birds chirping and bees buzzing. The sounds of Mississippi blues, New Orleans jazz, and even orchestra arrangements will fill the air -- punctuated by a shout of "Stella!" or two.

 

 

Birney Imes: The gray ghost

Posted 2/26/2011 in Local Columns

 

 

Raymond Gross: Liberal Democrats making a mess of things

 

 

Cameron Triplett: History lesson

 

 

Our view: A decent education starts at home

Posted 2/25/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

It's crunch time for some high school seniors across the state -- 11 percent of them, to be exact, who may spend another year in 12th grade if they can't pass the state's standardized tests.

 

 

Our view: Barbour should confront state's past head-on

Posted 2/24/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Will there ever be a president from Mississippi? Maybe someday, but it would take a Herculean effort, which Gov. Haley Barbour is discovering. Unfortunately for Barbour, our reputation precedes us. We're the place where Medgar Evers was shot and Emmitt Till was lynched, where three civil rights workers were buried in a Neshoba County levee, where students and townspeople rioted in Oxford to keep Ole Miss lily white.

 

Scott Colom: Appreciating my Mormon father

Posted 2/23/2011 in Local Columns

Often when I visit a new place or meet a stranger, I think of my Mormon father. James Parkinson and I may not look like father and son, but Parky, as I refer to him, has had an important impact on my life, an impact that started when he became the first white man to join the 100 Black Men of Columbus.

 

Our View: A sign of the times: Along the Riverwalk, you're being watched

Posted 2/23/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

As the weather turns warmer, more of us are getting outside. Those of us shaking off the cobwebs of winter and taking in some exercise along the Riverwalk have noticed more than the signs of spring emerging.

 

 

Our view: Nathan Bedford Forrest plate a shameful idea

Posted 2/22/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

To the rest of the world, the idea is beyond ironic. It's incredulous. Mississippi, 150 years almost to the day after it seceded from the union, is considering putting Nathan Bedford Forrest on a license plate.

 

 

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